© David Baltzer
SAT 05/22 6.30 P.M. LIVE STREAM from Theater Bremen
ON DEMAND SUN 5/23 til THU 05/27
Duration: 50 minutes
+ Q&A (via Zoom)
“When my brother was a child, I always used to say to him: Don’t take a shower when it’s dark outside. Because sometimes, when it’s dark outside, Hitler comes and opens the gas line. My brother then didn’t want to take a shower at all anymore until he was 12.”
What do we mean when we talk about identity? Do facts evidenced by one’s ID card or passport, such as origin, family, gender, and religion, suffice to describe who we are? Or do we need smells, music, memories, rituals, and customs to convey about whom we are talking when we say “I”? In ›Hitler Baby One More Time‹, the director and actor Dor Aloni raises questions as to the connection between collective trauma and individual identity. Looking for evil inside himself and us, he follows the tracks of his memory: from his Yemeni-Jewish family via the Israeli army to an encounter with Hitler in a Munich television store. In his play, Dor Aloni lets the audience participate in a seemingly endless quest for something like one’s own meaning and uses the space of the theater as a field of experimentation to temporarily turn his fantasies and memories into reality. His own biography provides the material for a great swindle in which the victim becomes the perpetrator and the motif of revenge a weapon against the attribution of roles in the culture of remembrance.
Dor Aloni was born in 1987 in Tel-Aviv, Israel. After graduating from high school, he did shortened mandatory service in the Israeli army. He completed his acting studies with honors at the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio in Tel-Aviv and performed in both state institutions and the independent theater scene in Israel as well as in film productions and Israeli TV series. From 2015 to 2020, Dor Aloni studied directing at the Theaterakademie Hamburg. He also collaborated in several radio plays of SWR and Deutschlandradio. The radio play ›Broken German‹, in which he played the lead role, was awarded the ARD’s Deutsche Hörspielpreis in 2017. In September 2018, he wrote and produced the play ›about:blank‹ for the NEW HAMBURG Festival of the Schauspielhaus Hamburg. His graduation piece ›Danke, Deutschland!‹ premiered on 02/07/2020 at Kampnagel in Hamburg and will be shown in May 2021 at the Körberstudio Junge Regie Festival at the Thalia Theater Hamburg.
TEXT Dor Aloni, Raban Witt
DIRECTOR, ACTOR Dor Aloni
MUSIC Gil Abramov
STAGE DESIGN Mara-Madeleine Pieler
COSTUMS Christina Geiger
DRAMATURGY Valentina Tepel
VIDEO Benjamin Hassmann, Mohammad Poori